Wolverhampton Wanderers have had a slow start to their Premier League season with just six points collected from their first six outings, and Bruno Lage will be looking for ways to improve his team’s form to start picking up more frequent results.
The Wolves manager will be delighted with the news that Diego Costa is set to join the side after having his work permit approved yesterday, and the signing of the free agent is imminent which could be a big boost in the forward line.
The Midlands club currently have the joint-lowest goal tally in the Premier League alongside West Ham United with just three league goals scored so far, so there is no doubt Lage will be hoping that Costa can make an instant impact on the attacking threat and goal-scoring opportunities in the team.
The 33-year-old centre-forward is no stranger to Premier League football after spending three and a half years at Chelsea, making 120 appearances and scoring 59 goals for the London club, so should have no problem getting back to business in the top flight.
The 187-goal machine has delivered a goal contribution every 138 minutes over his career so far at the various clubs he has played for. That is a very impressive output that will see the player warmly welcomed at Wolves during their current goal drought.
In fact, the former Atletico Madrid star could form a formidable attacking partnership with fan favourite Pedro Neto when he joins the club, and it could spark a transformed forward line, with Lage’s attack set to become more clinical and creative.
The £50k-per-week Portuguese winger has scored 11 goals and delivered 12 assists but his goal contributions could now skyrocket with Costa by his side and the pair can complement each other’s strengths as well as their weaknesses whilst working together.
Whilst Neto isn’t a clinical finisher, he ranks in the top 15% of his positional peers across the top five European leagues for progressive passes received, interceptions and touches, as well as ranking in the top 20% for progressive carries and shot-creating actions.
That would only complement Costa who is renowned for his finishing excellence and conversion of goal-scoring opportunities, notably ranking in the top 12% of strikers in La Liga for expected goals over the 2019/20 campaign.
With that being said, Lage will be hoping the late signing of Costa can transform Wolves’ season and inspire more goal contributions in the team in their pursuit of a European spot in the Premier League table.